Pine Tar Salve


It’s blackberry time in the Pacific Northwest and that means sore fingers for this lady. It’s those little thorns that I can’t grab with my fingernails that end up almost always getting infected, ouch! Pine tar salve is the answer to this problem. Just dab a little on the splinter, bandage it up and the next day that little bugger is out.

Pine pitch (tar) is the blood of the pine tree. It’s thick, syrupy, super-sticky and wonderfully fragrant. Now please don’t go running off into the woods stabbing the pine trees, there’s plenty to be found. If you look around the base of pines and on the trunks you will probably find enough of these golden nuggets to make a balm. I gathered enough to fill a sardine tin, with it I made enough to last our family for a long time.


After you have gathered what you need, break up the big hard pieces in a rag with a hammer so it can melt down faster.


Then put all of your pitch into a pan and melt it down using the low heat setting.  You probably don’t want to use your good everyday pans for this project.  I used an old cake pan that I don’t care too much about.


Next add some coconut oil and beeswax. I didn’t measure anything but I used about a half cup coconut oil and about 2 teaspoons of beeswax.


Once it was all melted I gave it a good stir, strained it and put into a mason jar.



Don’t forget to label and date it, enjoy!


2 thoughts on “Pine Tar Salve

  1. Just found your blog off your post to the Manette Neighborhood. I have lots of Douglas fir with pitch but no true pines. Would Doug fir make as effective a salve?


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